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NovoCrops PhD Summer School 2022 - Biotechnological Advances for Future Crop Production
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5742-22-09-31
Enrollment deadline: 05/08/2022
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeAugust 2022
Regular seats48
Course fee1,500.00 kr.
ECTS credits5.00
Contact personRosa Laura Lopez Marques    E-mail address: rlo@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserRosa Laura Lopez Marques    E-mail address: rlo@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Joint study15.00




Plant production is facing unprecedented challenges. In 2050, the human population will exceed nine billion and the demand for agricultural production will increase by 60%. In addition, climate change will limit local plant production, demanding the development of crops with higher tolerance to e.g. heat, drought, and flooding. At the same time, there is a strong need to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and preserve natural habitats.

The present PhD course will provide an update on the state-of-the-art methods to uncover the genetic basis of agronomic traits and introduce them into new or existing crops using biotechnology. Special focus will be on wild or semi-domesticated crops as well as gene editing systems in plants. The course will include participation in a 1-day international symposium, including a coaching session on poster preparation and delivery. 

Course contents

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Genetic resources for crop improvement

  • Overview of mapping of agronomic traits

  • Omics-based gene discovery

  • Transformation of wild and semi-domesticated crops

  • Update on the CRISPR-based toolbox for gene editing

  • Intellectual property rights

Aim and content

Learning outcomes

After the course, the PhD students will be able to:

  • Identify the main challenges faced when working with wild and semi-domesticated crops

  • Describe the workflow of biotechnological strategies for crop improvement

  • Describe the main challenges associated with plant tissue culture and transformation

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of different gene editing protocols

  • Propose biotechnological improvement strategies for their own projects


Invited international speakers include:

  • Dan Voytas, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota, USA

  • Caixia Gao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

  • Nils Stein, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben, Germany

  • John A. Doebley, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

    The invited international speakers will be joined by a selected group of experts from UCPH and Århus University participating in the NNF-funded NovoCrops centre (www.novocrops.com) or related large initiatives.



Course organizers

Rosa López-Marqués (rlo@plen.ku.dk) and Fernando Geu-Flores (feg@plen.ku.dk).



Please register and sign up for the event via the website https://eventsignup.ku.dk/novocrops2022/conference

If you have any questions regarding to registration, please contact Xu Zhai (zhai@plen.ku.dk)





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